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Ashley Hinck

What a great blog post! Thanks for sharing this with us.

I’m wondering if you can tell me more about the images you included in the slideshow on the left. Those are just so interesting! Are these fan-made images? Made in what context?

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Ashley Hinck

Yes! I think this started circulating right after the blog post went live. The Trump-Voldemort metaphor is alive and well, even after Trump won.

Thanks for sharing it with all of us. =)

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Ashley Hinck

I’m so glad that someone took the time to flesh out the Hitler connections! They are so complex, rich, and interesting it really needed a full blog post. And those connections are just so necessary to understanding how the Trump-Voldemort metaphors are used in public discourse. I’m so thankful for your great blog post!

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Ashley Hinck

Yes! What great analysis! You can tell I wrote this blog post the weekend before the election results. After Trump won, the blog post felt like it needed a bigger conclusion or some kind of part 2 to explain why the Trump-Voldemort metaphor wasn’t enough. Your analysis answers that question so nicely. Thanks so much for contributing that to our conversation. =)

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Emily Truman

Great thoughts Cassie, thanks. The extent of Rowling’s authority in relation to the Harry Potter world is indeed far reaching (and to add to your list of examples, this includes input into the flavour of the food items available at the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando). Your point about Rowling’s ability to continue to “mediate” fan experience is well made. It made me think as well about fan interactions with the texts that challenge the author’s voice and/or view point, such as Brad Neely’s alternative audio soundtrack to the first HP film (“Wizard People, Dear Reader”, 2004) and the popular podcast “Witch, Please” made by two Canadian academics (Hannah McGregor and Marcelle Kosman) who purposefully read the books and films separately from authorial intent. These examples and your piece above make me wonder what Rowling herself thinks about fan interventions with the texts that challenge her authorial position.

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Lauren Camacci

I’m sure you’ve seen this, Ashley, but I had to post it. These Biden memes have been great, and now there’s one that uses that horcrux post! Hope you can see it: https://twitter.com/HobbitLindsey/status/798462440916721664/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

What "Counts" as Harry Potter Canon?
Lauren Camacci

Thanks for your comment, Kati. It’s certainly the result of long labor and many minds. I’d love to have you submit to the HPC@CHC and to the HP Studies Division at SWPACA. I think I embedded the links into my post, but you can also find both conferences by Googling them. Also, if you’re interested in some of the AWESOME interdisciplinary work on HP, Dr. Chris Bell has edited four volumes of essays assembled competitively from the HP Studies Division at SWPACA and other scholars. They are Hermione Granger Saves the World, Legilimens!, From Here to Hogwarts, and Wizards vs. Muggles. Let’s keep up the conversation!

What "Counts" as Harry Potter Canon?
Kati Sudnick

I really enjoyed the hermeneutic deconstruction on how we determine what canon is. As a Harry Potter fan since the fourth grade, I always feel like I have my own alternate Potter-verse floating in my head of how I interpret the series (inclusive of lgbtq and poc characters abound!). By breaking down canon into 5 subsets, I think it is really inclusive and fluid for everyone’s interpretation of the series to be valid. I really enjoy that you allow for multiplicity and working in between the unity of contraries to decide what can be considered valid. Bravo! (Side note: there is a Harry Potter conference? Sign me up!)

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Kati Sudnick

I really enjoyed this post, especially as it sits well with how I have been envisioning the Potter series in how it relates to the real world. While I didn’t have room for it in mine, I was tempted to add some Trump-Voldemort-Hitler metaphors and I’m glad someone took the time to flesh some of that out.

Like Lauren said, I think this connection allows for fans of the series to really get at the heart of the banality of all that is surrounding us regarding Donald Trump’s language as well as the social fallout that has occurred as a result of his election and find ways to organize and move forward that is akin to the heroes in Harry Potter.

Well done!

Kati Sudnick

Thanks so much for your comment Lauren. I do see a lot of correlation between Harry Potter and Nazi Germany as well, but I was very interested to explore the responsibility aspects of this correlation and Arendt was a perfect fit. I appreciate you suggestions to formulate this into a larger paper and will definitely take them into consideration. I hadn’t thought much about how Rowling lumped the Slytherin students together and what that can mean through an Arendtian lens - that is very interesting when considering the banality of it all. Extreme commonness of Voldemort’s ideals was definitely floating around their common room, and I wonder what that meant for those students. Thanks again!